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EVENTS

This weekend

RESOURCE FAIR

What:The Champaign County Supervisor of Assessments Office is partnering with the Illinois State Treasurer's Office to host a resource fair to provide state and local resources to seniors, veterans, people with disabilities. A one-stop shop for residents to learn more about state and local resources available to them. All are welcome to attend. No RSVP is required.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. March 14.

Where:Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2000, 217-384-3760 or 866-458-7327.

URBANA'S 3RD ANNUAL WORLD'S SHORTEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

What: Parents come early for a kid's float making station at the Little Leprechauns Area. Kids will decorate their own cardboard box parade float and then march in the parade. Sipyard hosts a St. Patrick's Day pre-party with special beers and Irish favorites being cooked up. Parade presented by Tatman's Towing. Grand Marshalls are CI Living hosts Heather Roberts and Tim Sinclair.

When: Parade festivities start at 1 p.m. and parade at 2:45 p.m. March 17.

Where: Begins in downtown Urbana and will run down Main St. for one block from to Race Street to Broadway Avenue, Urbana.

More info: urbanabusiness.com or call 217-344-3872.

FILMS

This weekend

MOVIES ON THE MAIN STAGE

What: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series includes stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. Rated R.

When: 7 p.m. March 15, 2 and 7 p.m. March 16 and 2 p.m. March 17.

Where: The Little Theatre On The Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost: Tickets $5, adults; $3, children (under 13); at the door only.

More info: Call 217-728-7375 or thelittletheatre.org.

MUSIC

This weekend

KRANNERT UNCORKED

What: Kvn Tajzea presents Tetralogy. This rhythmic, dynamic, soulful mix of jazzy music with Kvn Tajzea, vocals/leader; Justin Brauer, keyboard; Andrey Goncalvo, bass; and Aaron "A-Train" Wilson, drums. Try a new wine.

When: 5 p.m. March 14.

Where: Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

SUDDEN SOUND CONCERT

What: Featuring Trio Senza Rete. David Rothenberg, clarinet, laptop electronics; Gary Kelly, bass; and John Wieczorek, percussion, combine ambient, avant-world jazz improvisations with an eclectic assortment of chirps, trills, clicks, and whistles from the natural world.

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 14.

Where: Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free, donations accepted.

More info:kam.illinois.edu, email kam@illinois.edu or call 217-333-1861.

BEMENT COUNTRY OPRY IN MONTICELLO

What:Bement Country Opry Band with guest, Linda Thomas. A dinner will be served before the show.

When: Dinner, 5 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. March 15.

Where: Monticello Community Ballroom above the library, 201 State St.

Cost: Tickets $10; dinner, $9.

More info: Call 217-377-0550 or 217-778-0990.

BELLFLOWER COUNTRY OPRY

What: Belfllower Country Opry Band with guest, Logan Kirby. A pulled pork dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m.

When: 7 p.m. March 16.

Where: Bellflower Community Center, gymnasium, 202 Center St.

Cost: Tickets $10; ages 12 and younger, free. Meal, $6 for adults, children are free.

More info: 217-898-7493 or 309-722-3497.

DOGS OF SOCIETY

What: The ultimate Elton John rock tribute. Get ready for a night of classic Elton John music.

When: 7 p.m. March 16. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets, $30 general admission non-reserved seat.

More info: Call 815-993-6585 or watsekatheatre.com.

Next week

BLUEGRASS ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION

When: 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

Where: Meet in the hallway near Spark Museum and Play Café at Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-621-2631 or email kleiss@illinois.edu.

VINO & VIBES

What: Music by Joe Asselin and the Moonlight Ramblers (original acoustic music/blues).

When: 3 to 5 p.m. March 23.

Where: Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 N Road, Fairmount.

Cost: Free music.

More info: Call 217-733-0330 or sleepycreekvineyards.com.

DANCING

This weekend

ILLINI SWING SOCIETY DANCE

What: Weekly swing social dancing. All are welcome. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No partner or special shoes needed.

When: 9 to 11 p.m. March 14.

Where:Room 314, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: illiniswing.org or email events@illiniswing.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Class demonstrations. Open dancing.

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 15.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

ANNUAL MARCHFEST TRADITIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

What: Central Illinois English Country Dancers and Urbana County Dancers. Featured band, Rare Privilege and guest caller, Nikki Herbst. Contra dance on March 15. Afternoon dance workshops and an evening English Country Dance Ball, March 16. Additional music by Flatland Consort. Farewell dance, March 17. Susan Burt, Jonathan Sivier, Martha Tyner, local dance leaders.

When: 7:30 to 11 p.m. March 15; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. March 16; 1 to 4 p.m. March 17.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: Contra dance, $5-$10. Each workshop, $3-$5. Ball, $7-$15. All day workshops and ball, $15-$25. Farewell dance, $5-$10. All day Saturday and Sunday, $20-$33.

More info: Call 217-359-8225, centralillinoisecd.org/marchfest or email jsivier@illinois.edu.

CONTRA DANCE

What: First evening of the Marchfest. Urbana Country Dancers' event featuring music by Rare Privilege. Tamara Lowenthal, caller. No partner or experience needed. Bring soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. New dancer orientation at 7:30 p.m.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. March 15.

Where: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., U.

Cost: Pay what you can, $5-$10.

More info: Call 217-359-8225 or urbana-contra.org.

WEST COAST SWING NIGHT CLUB DANCE

What: West Coast Swing Night Club provides a variety of music and decoration to have a special Saturday night out. Open dancing.

When: 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 16.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 359-5333.

COUNTRY DANCING

What: Public dances. Bands include Broken Prairie on the first Saturday of the month, Backsliders on the second, Battle Creek on the third and the Fabulous Hoedads on the fourth Saturday.

When: 7 to 10 p.m. every Saturday.

Where: Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C.

More info: Call 217-398-9527.

Next week

ILLINI FOLK DANCE SOCIETY

What: Features mostly easy and intermediate dances from around the world.No previous experience or partner is needed.

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, March 19-Oct. 29.

Where: Room 314A, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. Check schedule in north lobby because room assignments get changed without notice.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://illinifolkdancesociety.weebly.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE

What:A weekly public social ballroom dance, with a DJ playing music. Happy Hour Novice Dance at 7 p.m. Open dancing starts at 7:30 p.m..

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. March 22.

Where: Regent Ballroom, 1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy.

Cost: Admission, $10.

More info: regentballroom.com or call 217-359-5333.

TANGO AT KRANNERT ART MUSEUM

What: Tango dancing with music by Tangotta, featuring Armand Beaudoin, bass and cello; Dorothy Martirano, violin; Sam Gingher, keyboard and accordion; and George Turner, guitar. Open to dancers of all abilities, with or without a dance partner.

When: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 23.

Where Krannert Art Museum, Main Level, East Gallery, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Email kam@illinois.edu, call 217-333-1861 or kam.illinois.edu.PERFORMING ARTS

PERFORMING ARTS

This weekend

DORRANCE DANCE: JUNGLE BLUES, THREE TO ONE, MYELINATION

What: Under the direction of Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance upholds the traditions of tap dance, a uniquely American art form, while propelling them forward rhythmically, technically, and conceptually.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 14.

Where: Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$25.

More info: krannertcenter.com or call 217-333-6280.

ZOO IMPROV FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV

What: Third Friday show. Kid-friendly interactive family show at 7 p.m. followed by the cage-free comedy for the rest of the family at 8:30.

When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 15.

Where: SoDo Theater, 111 S. Walnut St., C.

Cost: Admission is pay what you wish.

More info: zooimprov.com or email contact@zooimprov.

COMEDY MACHINE

What:An evening of dining and comedy. Three comedians that deliver. Larry Smith,Bob Jay (Man of 999 voices), Andy Kern. Dinner served prior to the show & is included with your ticket.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 15. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St.

Cost: Tickets $40/person reserved seat dinner included.

More info: Call 815-993-6585 or watsekatheatre.com.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BASH

What: C-U Comedy Club with Dwight Simmons, a regular at comedy clubs across the Midwest, comedy albums "Pacifist Aggressive" and "Sip and Pass," and produces a traveling web-series called BrewTube Comedy.

When: 8:30 to 10 p.m. March 16.

Where: C-U Comedy Club (inside of Soma Ultralounge), 320 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets, $12.

More info: Call 217-356-4784, cucomedy.com or email jesse@cucomedy.com.

Next week

'I LIVE FOR THE APPLAUSE'

What: 2019 Dance Recital featuring the students of the Future Stars Dance Program.

When: 7 p.m. March 22 and 1 p.m. March 23.

Where: The Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan.

Cost:Tickets $$10.40-$12.50.

More info: Call 217-728-7375 or thelittletheatre.org.

COMEDY NIGHT

What: C-U Comedy Club live. A double "Best of Chicago" feature, with Erik Scott (Zanies Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory, and "Comedians You Should Know") and Tim Smith (The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Bar).

When: 8:30 to 10 p.m. March 23.

Where: C-U Comedy Club (inside of Soma Ultralounge), 320 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Tickets, $12.

More info: Call 217-356-4784, cucomedy.com or email jesse@cucomedy.com.

THEATER

This weekend

'DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST'

What: The Broadway Musical is a collaborative community production of Danville Symphony Orchestra and DLO Musical Theatre.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 16 and 3 p.m. March 17.

Where: Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Cost: Tickets $20-$40.

More info: Call 217-443-5300 or danvillesymphony.org or email info@danvillesymphony.org.

'THE GRADUATE'

What:Charleston Alley Theatre. Play adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb. Not appropriate for children.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 2 p.m. March 17.

Where: Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe St., Charleston.

Cost: General admission tickets, $10.

More info: Call 345-2287 or charlestonalleytheatre.com.

'OUR TOWN'

What: The timeless classic by Thornton Wilder. Presented by Champaign Urbana Theatre Company.

When: 7 p.m. March 14-16, 2 p.m. March 17.

Where: Parkland's Second Stage Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students.

More info: http://cutc.org/ or call 217-352-4085.

'WORKING'

What:Rantoul Township High School's spring musical is a celebration of the American working class..

When: 7 p.m. March 14-17.

Where:RTHS Cafetorium, 200 S. Sheldon St., Rantoul.

Cost: Tickets, $4-$6.

More info: Call 217-892-2151.

Next week

'IT JUST TAKES ONE'

What: This original, one-woman musical, written by and starring Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh, is about a young woman struggling to balance her social life while also beginning a career in opera. Sponsored as part of Women's History Month.

When:7:30 p.m. March 21.

Where: The Black Box Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1860 S. Seventh St., Charleston.

Cost: Tickets $5-$10.

More info: doudnatix.com, call 217-581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu.

'MARISOL'

What: The Celebration Company. The play written by the Puerto Rican playwright Jose Rivera earned Rivera a 1993 Obie Award for playwriting.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 21-24, 27-31, April 4-6. One of the Sundays is usually at 3 p.m.

Where: Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost: Tickets $10-$15. $10 for everyone on the first Friday performance

More info: Call 217-384-4000 or stationtheatre.com.

'TWO TOWERS'

What: Homer Opera House theater.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 23, 2:30 p.m. March 24, 7:30 p.m. March 29 and 30, 2:30 p.m. March 31.

Where: The Homer Opera House, 101 N. Main St.

Cost: Tickets $8-$12.

More info: homeroperahouse.com or call 217-493-6175.

OUTDOORS / NATURE

This weekend

NATURE PLAY KIDS

What: For ages 3-6 with adult. Creative play time with guidance and additional supplies from a nature play facilitator. Weekly themes depend on current events in nature; announced the week before each program. Outdoors except in cases of severe weather. Drop-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged to have enough supplies; call to register.

When:10 to 11 a.m. Fridays, March 15-April 12.

Where:Friendship Grove Nature Playscape, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:$4 per child; kids under 6 months, free.

More info:Call 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org.

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Join us in a search for the elusive wood snipe, AKA the American Woodcock, as the males perform their courtship display at dusk. A short presentation will be followed by a hike to look for the sky dancers. Meet at Buffalo Trace Prairie parking lot on Rt. 47 / N. Lombard across the street from the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Register by March 14 at ccfpd.org;

When:7 to 8 a.m. March 15.

Where:Buffalo Trace Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet.

Cost:Free.

More info:Call 217-896-2455 or email jwick@ccfpd.org.

SUNDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS

What:Walk with Champaign County Audubon Society leaders and search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake. All skill levels are welcome (under 15 years with supervising adult). Learn basic bird-watching and identification techniques. Bring binoculars or borrow one from the center with a refundable credit card deposit of $15 (pick up, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday).

When:7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays, March 17 through May 26.

Where:Meet at Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:Free.

More info: champaigncountyaudubon.org.

MAPLE SYRUP OPEN HOUSE

What: The annual event is hosted by the Vermilion County Conservation District. Free tours of The Sugar Bush, the building in which maple syrup is made, as well as the Pioneer Cabin. Pancake and sausage dinner.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17.

Where: Gannett Education Center at Forest Glen Preserve, near Westville.

Cost:Fee for the dinner.

More info: ccfpd.org

Next week

SPRING BREAK AT HOMER LAKE

What:Unique programs for the whole family."Spring Cleanup," help get the center spruced up for the season, March 18. "Intro to Letterboxing," a hobby for all ages, March 19. "Remarkable Reptiles," meet some Illinois reptiles, and learn interesting facts about the animals, March 20. "Survivor Shelters," learn how to build a shelter to survive a night lost in the woods, March 21. "Fire by Friction, "try out old-fashioned fire making skills and learn how to make a one-match fire in the woods, March 22. Register by one day in advance of each event at ccfpd.org.

When:2 to 4 p.m. March 18-22.

Where:All programs at Interpretive Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer. Except Survivor Shelters at West Lake Trail (north parking lot).

Cost:Free.

More info:Call 217-896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org

WINTER FUN RUNS

What: Second Wind Running Club's outdoor group runs a 4- or 6-mile loop through campus and Urbana. All abilities encouraged to attend; determine your own pace per mile.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, November through March.

Where: Meet at the southwest entrance to the UI Armory (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street).

More info: secondwindrunningclub.org or email funruns@secondwindrunningclub.org.

FOREST PRESCHOOL

What: This pilot program for children who have not yet attended kindergarten, takes place entirely outdoors no matter the weather. Ages 4-6, must be toilet trained. Drop off is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Friendship Grove Nature Playscape. Kids will then head into Busey Woods for themed nature explorations. A snack is provided. Children must come dressed for the weather and bring a refillable water bottle daily.

When: 8 a.m. to noon March 18-22.

Where: Busey Woods and Friendship Grove Nature Playscape, Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

Cost:$68, C-U residents if registered by March 4 ($103 for non-residents).

More info:Call 217-367-1544.

WOODCOCK WALK

What:Discover the secret life of the bird with the upside-down brain during a guided twilight stroll. Watch its evening dance, visible only during the first few weeks of spring. Bring binoculars if you have them. The hike will begin on the accessible path but some groups may detour onto the unpaved prairie paths. Call by March 19 if you plan on attending.

When:6:30 to 8 a.m. March 20.

Where:Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana.

Cost:Free.

More info:Call 217-384-4062 or urbanaparks.org.

VERMILION COUNTY NATURE HIKE SERIES

What: Birds and Blooms. Sponsored by Middlefork Audubon Society and Illinois Native Plant Society (Forest Glen Chapter) . Hike to Howard's Hollow Seep to view skunk cabbage and other spring ephemerals that might be blooming. Easy to moderate hiking, but be prepared for wet and muddy conditions. Bring binoculars (for birding) and water to drink.

When: 10 a.m. March 23. One to two hours depending on how much birding is desired.

Where: Meet at Gannet Education Center parking lot, Forest Glen Preserve which is about 4 miles east of Illinois State Route 1 between Westville and Georgetown.

More info: Call 217-621-7528 or 217-526-1792, email suzanne56smith@gmail.com or conniejcunningham@gmail.com.

MODEL-ROCKET LAUNCH

What: Central Illinois Aerospace model rocket club. Fliers with rockets of all sizes will be welcome and all spectators are invited to come and watch. Dependent on weather. Call Greg Smith at 840-1678 around 11 a.m. for status of the launch.

When: 1 p.m. March 23.

Where: Rantoul Aviation Center, Rantoul. Launching in the field south of the airport.

Cost: Free.

More info: ciarocketry.org, call 217-359-8225 or email cia-info@ciarocketry.org

INSECT PETTING ZOO

What:Interact with and learn about a variety of interesting and amazing insects. You might see Madagascar hissing cockroaches, Chilean rose hair tarantulas, blue death feigning beetles, eastern lubber grasshoppers, Arizona hairy scorpions and many more. For all ages. Presented in partnership with the UIUC Entomology Graduate Student Association.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. March 23.

Where: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.

Cost: Free.

More info:champaign.org/events or call 217-403-2030.

UI MUSEUMS

Krannert Art Museum

What: Exhibitions, "Between the Buildings: Art from Chicago" through March 23, and "Blue & White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession" through May 11. Spring special exhibitions, "From Hand to Hand: Painting and the Animation of History in Northern India," "Emphatic: American Painting from the Collection" and "Renaissance to Modern Remix: Highlights from the European & American Art Collection," all through May 12. KAM's collection galleries, including Encounters: The Arts of Africa the award-winning gallery of art from Africa and the African diaspora and a completely refreshed Ancient Mediterranean gallery on the lower level.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays when University classes are in session; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Where: 500 E. Peabody Drive, C.

Cost: Free admission; suggested donation, $3.

More info: kam.illinois.edu or call 217-333-1860.

Spurlock Museum

What:Exhibit,"From the Subcontinent to the Prairie: Stories of Immigration and Identity."

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and university holidays. Through May 19.

Where: 600 S. Gregory St., U.

Cost: Free, suggested donation, $3.

More info: Email spurlock-museum@illinois.edu, call 217-333-2360 or spurlock.illinois.edu.

OTHER MUSEUMS

BICENTENNIAL ART CENTER AND MUSEUM

What: "Annual Town & County Amateur Art Show" and "Blackhawk Park Exhibition."

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through March 15.

What: Opening day for "Annual Edgar County Student Art Show."

When: March 19. Open, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through April 28.

Where: 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: parisartcenter.com or call 217-466-8130.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM

What: Four exhibits: "When We Went to War," "Champaign County Uncrated," "A Second Home, 150 Years of Living at the University of Illinois" and "The Art of Louise Woodroofe." The museum other highlights include a new community room, formal lobby and gift shop.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Where: 102 E. University Ave., C.

Cost: Suggested donation, $3.

More info: champaigncountyhistory.org, email president@champaigncountyhistory.org or call 217-356-1010.

FARMER CITY MUSEUM

What: Sponsored by the Farmer City Genealogical & Historical Society, the museum contains donated artifacts, pictures and documents telling the history of Farmer City's businesses, schools, churches, organizations, farm life and people

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays; or call to set up appointments.

Where: 224 S. Main St., Farmer City.

Cost: Free admission.

More info: Call 309-928-3488 or 309-928-7198, http://fcghsociety.org or email admin@fcghsociety.org.

GEORGETOWN HISTORICAL MUSEUM

What: The Georgetown Historical Society has reopened the museum. Unique antiques and collectables from the past.

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through April 4, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays through March 31. For groups, call or text Betty Manning at 217-260-2475 or text the Georgetown Historical Society to arrange a private tour; call at least 24 to 48 hours in advance.

Where: 510 N. Main St., Georgetown.

More info: Call 217-260-2475 or Georgetown Historical Society/ Facebook.

IROQUOIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

What: Works by Watseka Glenn Raymond Middle School and Watseka Community High School Art Students in the Art Gallery.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and first Sunday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed holidays. March through April.

Where: 103 W. Cherry St., Watseka.

More info: iroquoiscountyhistoricalsociety.com or call 815-432-2215 or 815-432-3730.

MUSEUM OF THE GRAND PRAIRIE

What: Spring Break at the Museum! Not sure what to fill your day with this spring break? Stop by the Museum for fun-filled activities every day! Spinning & Weaving, March 18. Quill Writing, March 19. Butter Churning, March 20. Candle Dipping, March 21. Civil War Craft & Activity Day, March 22.

When:2 to 4 p.m. March 18-22. Museum is open every day, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet.

Cost: Free.

More info:ccfpd.org, call 217-586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

ORPHEUM CHILDREN'S SCIENCE MUSEUM

What: DYI Saturday. A new topic with a special guest each session. Make, create and collaborate with an Do It Yourself science projects and experiments.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. second and fourth Saturday of every month.

What: Toddler Tuesdays. A new topic each week. Activities are based on art, science, games, and other sensory activities.

When: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

What: Animal Encounters. The museum's education team will talk about the museum's animals, followed by animal feeding time.

When: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Where: 346 N. Neil St., C.

Cost: Admission $4-$5.

More info: orpheumkids.com, email education@orpheumkids.com or call 217-352-5895.

SOUSA ARCHIVES AND CENTER FOR AMERICAN MUSIC

What:"Banjos, Mandolins, and John Philip Sousa America's Musical Paradox" through Aug. 2; "Samuel S. Stewart and America's Banjo" through Sept. 27.

When: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends, UI holidays.

Where: Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C.

Cost: Free; donations accepted.

More info: For guided tours, call 217-244-9309 or sousa@uiuc.edu.

VERMILION COUNTY MUSEUM AND FITHIAN HOUSE

What: Exhibit, "Down on the Farm," highlights the agricultural history of Vermilion County and honors the 100th Anniversary of the Vermilion County Farm Bureau.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. Through May.

Where: 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville.

Cost: Museum admission, $1-$3. Museum and Fithian House admission, $1-$5. Children 12 years old and younger, free.

More info: vermilioncountymuseum.org or call 217-442-2922.

VERMILION COUNTY WAR MUSEUM

What: Two main floors covering wars for over 250 years. Constructed in 1903, the Illinois war museum displays memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Where: 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Cost: Admission, $2-$4; children under age 6 and active duty military personnel and their families are free.

More info: Call 217-431-0034, vcwm.org or email vcwm@comcast.net.

PLANETARIUM

WILLIAM M. STAERKEL PLANETARIUM

Sky show:"Prairie Skies, 7 p.m. Fridays, March 15-April 26 (except March 22, April 5).

Main feature:"Secrets of the Sun" 8 p.m. March 15 and 16. "Two Small Pieces of Glass — The Amazing Telescope" 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 29-April 27.

Children's features:"Flight Adventures," 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 16-April 27 (except March 23).

Where: Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Admission, $5-$6.

More info: Call 217-351-2568 or 217-351-2446.

EXHIBITS

ANITA PURVES NATURE CENTER

What: Discover Illinois natural history both inside and outside the nature center. Indoors, explore the Field Station through hands-on displays that include new discovery drawers and seasonal exhibits. Watch wildlife in the center's habitat garden and feeding station or relax with a favorite nature book in the Observation Room.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 1505 N. Broadway Ave., U.

More info:Call 217-384-4062.

ARTISTS' ALLEY AT MCKINLEY

What: Exhibit, "Engage 4 Freedom," an interactive, rotating exhibition featuring the original Norman Rockwell works accompanied by community and student artwork and interactive expressions of freedom in the 21st Century. The McKinley Foundation is a partner of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Through May.

Where: in the corridor connecting the McKinley Foundation and Presby Hall, 405 E. John St., C.

More info: Call 217-344-0297 or mckinley-foundation.org/artists-alley.

ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER

What: Art exhibit, "Can you Judge an Asian by its Cover?"

When:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed holidays. Through March 30.

Where: 1210 W. Nevada St., U.

Cost: Free.

More info: https://oiir.illinois.edu, email ccarpio@illinois.edu or call 217-333-9300.

BOOTH LIBRARY

What: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a new exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond."

When: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. Through May 31.

Where: Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston.

Cost: Free.

More info: library.eiu.edu/exhibits/space or call 217-581-6072.

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

What: Exhibition series, "The Art Connection: Schools to Library," featuring artwork by students and art teachers from three Champaign schools: Josh Doniek, Centennial High School; Lucy Christianson, Franklin Middle School; and Amy Lozar, South Side Elementary School.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, first floor. And 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, FriendShop Bookstore (elevator to lower level). Closed holidays. Through mid-May.

Where: Main library on the east wall of the children's area, and in the FriendShop Bookstore, 200 W. Green St.

Cost:Free.

More info: Call 217-403-2030 or champaign.org.

40 POINT ONE

What: "PAPER TRAIL | page 2," a juried show, featuring work from 30 local artists.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Through April 15.

Where:40 North's art space, 1300 S. Neil St., C (inside Consolidated Communications and across the street from Meatheads).

Cost: Free.

More info:Email kwhite@40north.org.

HOMER LAKE FOREST PRESERVE

What: Exhibit, "Audubon Photography Awards." The 12 images on display were chosen from nearly 8,000 images submitted to the National Audubon Society in 2018 in the Amateur, Professional, and Youth categories.

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. To visit on a Monday or in the morning, call ahead. Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Through March 27.

Where: Interpretive Center, 2573 S. Homer Lake Road, Homer.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-896-2455 or email pleiter@ccfpd.org or ccfpd.org/education/interpretive-center-homer-lake.

KENNEKUK COUNTY PARK EDUCATION CENTER

What: A collection of art by Julie Colbyon, a member of Danville Art League. Over 20 realistic and whimsical pieces on display.

When: Winter and spring hours are limited, call to make arrangements. Through April 30.

Where: 2296 Henning Road, Danville.

Cost: Free.

More info: vccd.org, call 217-442-1691 or email ldarling@vccd.org or thedanvilleartleague@gmail.com.

MURPHY GALLERY

What: Art at the Y exhibition, "The Distance Between Us," a book and exhibition by photojournalist Christopher Capozziello.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturdays and Sundays. Through March 31.

Where: University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-337-1500 or universityymca.org/art.

PARKLAND COLLEGE

What: "Draped and Bundled: Paintings by Leeah Joo."

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Fridays, Sundays, March 16-24. Through March 26.

Where: Giertz Gallery, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-351-2485, artgallery.parkland.edu or email giertzgallery@parkland.edu.

SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER

What: Opening day of "Champaign County Town and Country Amateur Art Show 2019." Work from both youth and adult divisions are displayed.Blue-ribbon winners from the local shows are eligible to participate in the State Town and Country Art Show in the fall. Public critique by the juror on the last day.

When: March 16. Open, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Through April 13.

Where: 301 N. Randolph St., C.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-819-3909, email michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or champaignparks.com/art-exhibits.

TARBLE ARTS CENTER

What: Exhibition installation, "Come Wind, Come Weather," Brainard and eGallery. Sue de Beer presents two of her films in concert: The Blue Lenses (2015) and The White Wolf (2018). As the spring's signature exhibition, several programs will explore the themes presented in Come Wind, Come Weather.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and holidays. Through May 19.

Where: Brainard & eGallery, 2010 Ninth St. (South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

Cost: Free.

More info: eiu.edu/tarble, call 217-581-2787 or email tarble@eiu.edu.

UI LIBRARY

What: Spring exhibition, "Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman." Curated by Lynne M. Thomas, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed UI holidays. Through May 24.

Where:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 346 Library of the Main Library, 1401 W. Gregory Drive, U.

Cost: Free.

More info: library.illinois.edu/rbx or call 217-333-3777.

GALLERIES

CINEMA GALLERY

What: "As We See It," paintings by Preston Jackson and Joy Kessler.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Through March 16.

Where: 120 W. Main St., U.

More info:cinemagallery.cc, call 217-384-2253 or email baxley@baxleymedia.com.

FARMS / MARKETS

URBANA'S MARKET IN THE SQUARE

What: The market features produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, arts and crafts, and more. The second Saturday of each month will feature Art in the Square; musical performances from local artists.

When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, March 16-April 27.

Where: Inside Lincoln Square, downtown Urbana.

More info: urbanamarket.org, call 217-384-2319 or email urbanamarket@urbanaillinois.us.

ARTHUR THIRD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR

What: The first market of the Year. It will be a March Madness. The vendors are back with lots of new and exciting products.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 (third Saturday of every month).

Where: Merchant Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, 220 Jurgens Parkway, Arthur.

More info: Call 217-520-3349, 217-254-5010 or email dbissonett@gmail.com.